Where Lilacs Still Bloom- A Review

What a progressive thinking couple!  Think about it, in the late nineteenth cetury and well into the early twentieith century, one lady ignores the conventional stigma that says women must  forget their interests and be content keeping house. Hulda Klager is the main character in the novel by Jane Kirkpatrck, an intelligent, loving woman, with an eigth grade education whose family immigrated to the United States when she was rather young.  The idea of her pursuing an interest in plants, specifically lilacs, really starts with wanting to produce a better quality apple. And throughout her ninety-seven years, you also get a glimpse of how the world changes too, both in attitude and coping skills.

Against the criticism from the likes of naysaysers such as Barney Reed, Hula Klager manages to create more than two hundred varieties of lilacs in addition to a few other flowers and becomes known all over the country due to articles written about her magnificent garden in popular magazines.  Frank, Hulda’s husband is  her main encourager along with her children who never allow her to give up on the garden even when tragedies strike. Her garden becomes  her healing ground and a way for her to give happiness to the many visitors who come to see her handywork. She offers a little bit of herself with each “start” that she  gives each person that leaves the garden. Ms. Kirkpatrick has paid great respect to  a most generous, loving, creative, individual who has made the world a much happier and prettier place to live in. The Klager family must be proud.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for reviewing it from Waterbrook Press.

For more information:

http://www.jkbooks.com/Books/WhereLilacsStillBloom.html

Author Bio: http://www.jkbooks.com/Pages/bio.html

Waterbrook Press –Publisher: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781400074303

Excerpt from book:

http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781400074303&view=excerpt

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5 thoughts on “Where Lilacs Still Bloom- A Review

  1. Your metaphor of Hulda’s “starts” being a part of herself is lovely! It sound like you know something about generosity with two autistic sons. Your book sounds fascinating too. Thanks for reading Hulda’s story and for being a gift to others through your writing.

  2. Your metaphor of Hulda’s starts being a bit of herself she gave away is lovely. I suspect you know something about generosity…thanks for writing of your own days. Warmly, Jane

    • You are welcome, Jane and I enjoyed reading your book! She reminds me of my momma and just the kind of person who does what she believes is the right thing to do. Keep up the great writing!

      Sincerely,

      Leslie

    • You are welcome, Jane and I enjoyed reading your book! She reminds me of my momma and just the kind of person who does what she believes is the right thing to do. Keep up the great writing!

      Sincerely,

      Leslie

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